When Dan Slott, Magdalene Visaggio, And Nick Spencer Debated The Merits Of Event Comics On Twitter


Comic book creators fighting on Twitter has been the subject of many a salacious clickbait Bleeding Cool article over the years. But we don’t want you to think that making clickbait articles about comic book creators fighting is the only thing we’re capable of. We can also make clickbait articles out of generally civil interactions as well. In fact, given their rarity, that might actually be more newsworthy. Dog bites man isn’t news, after all, but man bites dog? Now that’s news.

This one started when writer of Bleeding Cool favorites Kim & Kim and Quantum Teens Are GoMagdalene Visaggio, mused about the comic book industry’s sacred lifeblood: the never-ending stream of super-mega-crossover event comics:

Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott’s Marvel-sense was tingling, and he soon responded:

Visaggio replied:

And, sending shockwaves throughout the industry, a polite discussion was now well underway, and there was no stopping it:


Another fan chimed in:

And finally, Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer joined the fray…

Nick Spencer parody

Just in time to get in the last word of the night:


But Nick! We don’t want to alarm you, but… you’re posting on the internet right now.

At this point, everyone took a break to get some sleep. Or, in Nick Spencer’s case, to do whatever it is he does when he’s not arguing on Twitter — we assume staring silently and motionless at his phone for eight hours while he waits for someone to argue with again. Finally, it happened, and Spencer swung into action:



And then Visaggio returned, well-rested and ready to continue:



At this point, Bleeding Cool’s own Joe Glass chimed in:



But Joe made a misstep when he criticized Marvel’s event comic schedule:


Oh damn! Snubbed!

Oh no, Joe! You’ve been “we’re doned.” Don’t keep going!


As Joe was left to shrivel outside of the warm, life-giving glow of Nick Spencer’s Twitter notice for daring suggest Marvel’s event publishing schedule was too condensed…

…Visaggio and Spencer brought things home:



But that’s not really the point. How are Marvel’s regular monthly books selling in the wake of years worth of constant events and relaunches? The numbers seem to show ever-diminishing returns.

Portrait of Nick Spencer by KC Green

About Jude Terror

A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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